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Massachusetts General Court

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The Massachusetts General Court is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. It is a bicameral body. The upper house is the Massachusetts Senate which is composed of 40 members. The lower body, the Massachusetts House of Representatives, has 160 members.

The President of the Senate is Robert Travaglini, and the Speaker of the House is Salvatore DiMasi. Both chambers are overwhelmingly controlled by the Democratic party.

The General Court was established in 1630 when the Massachusetts Bay Colony obtained a new charter. It existed in its colonial form until the first Massachusetts state constitution was ratified in 1780.

The General Court meets in the Massachusetts State House in Boston, Massachusetts.

House of Representatives

Each Massachusetts Representative represents about 39,682 residents. Representative districts are named for the counties and former counties they are in, and tend to stay within one county, although districts occasionally cross county lines. The following lists the number of representatives, roughly by county:



NOTE: The preceding names are not yet up-to-date; they probably are current through 2004.

Senate

There are 40 Senatorial Districts in Massachusetts, named for the counties and former counties that they represent. At present, they are:


The current composition of the Senate is 33 Democrats and six Republicans, with one vacant seat.

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